CALL FOR PAPERS
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Annual Meeting 2018
Los Angeles March 29–April 1, 2018
The Languages of Truth
Organizers: Jan Mieszkowski (Reed); Julia Ng (Goldsmiths, U of London)
A simple true/false dichotomy is one of the first casualties of a critical discourse. Nonetheless, few discussions of aesthetics and
politics proceed without at least some minimal deference to the concept of truth, however qualified or ironized. In this seminar, we will explore the contributions of literary studies to the elaboration—and critique—of different notions of verity, veracity,
and candor. We will be concerned with how the claim to speak the truth may implicate one in paradoxical understandings of language. We will also consider the ways in which form as well as content can be characterized as true or false.
Our wager is that literary studies is uniquely situated to elaborate new analyses of the classical relationship between logic and rhetoric.
What would it mean to formulate an argument that is not made in the name of truth and what might be gained—or lost—in trying to do so? While we hope to avoid simply rehearsing traditional philosophical debates, we are interested in how canonical writers shed
light on recent conversations about “truthiness,” “alternative facts,” and the so-called “post-truth” era.
Possible topics to explore include:
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